Fall’s Fury

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The last 24 hours in our town and especially in our neighborhood have been momentous. A huge storm front driven by a typhoon way out in the Pacific Ocean took aim at the Pacific Northwest and brought devastating winds that hit our town yesterday.  A tornado came onshore in Manzanita, Oregon, and did considerable damage there. In our town, 60 miles inland from the coast, numerous trees were blown down, including a 100+ year old Oak across the street. I happened to be standing at the window when it went down and watched in horror as it fell on our neighbor’s house. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the damage is considerable.

We are humbled by Fall’s fury, and nervous about the 100-year-old oaks that tower above our house and our neighbor’s houses in this area. They are all old trees, nearing the end of their life cycle, and can be very dangerous as I witnessed yesterday. Although this area was originally a white oak savannah, these trees that make us nervous were planted by the next door neighbor a hundred years ago. Five of the ten big oaks surrounding that house are hanging over our property line and our house. We already had one very dangerous oak taken down when we first moved here a few years ago. (You can read about that tree here.) Needless to say, we will be having the other 5 carefully evaluated for safety within the next few days/weeks.

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2 thoughts on “Fall’s Fury

  1. Debi, me too! I was shaking so much that it was hard to dial 911. My son moved quickly to check on the neighbors that live there and I was so very relieved to see them come outside unhurt! The clean up is an amazing show! Our weather is still rotten — so much rain but not the big winds now. The different crews that are working on this huge mess have my utmost respect! We watched one man yesterday clear the top of the tree from the roof. He was harnessed by two long ropes to a tall crane with a bucket. He just swung himself into different positions with his chainsaw and worked for hours hanging from that bucket.

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